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Carpenter

A practical, manual role with a variety of specialised and general tasks in the construction industry.

What's it like to be a Carpenter?

Carpenters construct, build, install, repair and erect wooden frames, foundations, walls and fixtures on residential, commercial and industrial projects. Usually Carpenters work with wood, plywood and wallboard.

Carpenter

Tasks and duties

  • Studying building plans and drawings to work out the materials required and how best to install features.
  • Preparing, treating, cutting and shaping timber elements to be used for structures or fittings.
  • Erecting building framework, roofs and floors, fitting exteriors, doors and window frames.
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Each day as a Carpenter may vary depending on the specific project you're working on.

There are lots of opportunities for carpenters - you may work as a shopfitter, framework carpenter, formwork carpenter, or green carpentry, which uses materials to make buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.

What can I earn as a Carpenter?

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The most common salary in AUS for a Carpenter is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Carpenter


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To become officially certified as a Carpenter you'll need a Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30211. This qualification provides a trade outcome in carpentry and covers work in residential and commercial applications for people completing an apprenticeship. You will need to have finished year 10 and be placed in an apprenticeship to start your training.

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Carpentry or a Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery CPC32011 in a TAFE institution. This usually takes between three and four years to complete.
  2. Anyone who works on a construction site in Australia is required to do construction induction training and get a "White Card" through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You will need to provide the trainer with 100 points of ID and pay the fee (set independently by each RTO).
  3. Apply for a Certificate of Completion. This nationally recognised accreditation shows that you have completed your training and are ready to start working in the carpentry industry.

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Certificate III in Carpentry

This qualification provides the skills to prepare for a career in the carpentry industry.

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Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery

This qualification will prepare you to work in carpentry and joinery in both residential and commercial settings.

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How do Carpenters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 5 Carpenters surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
4.0
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.0

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Challenging and rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Building and Construction (Carpentry and Joinery)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General building
The good things
The essential feeling of contributing to the world we live in and the sense of achievement when projects are completed successfully. Its hard work sometimes but mostly worth it.
The challenges
The job can be physically challenging and dirty at times, however these challenges only aid in the reward and sense of achievement felt at the end of the day.
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Builder-Carpenter
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered builder certificate Carpenter and joiners certificate
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
High end homes
The good things
The good things about my roll as a builder is that we are working on most people’s most expensive thing they own, we get to work in very closely with our clients to be able to achieve the best results...
The challenges
Meeting budgets and organising other trades.
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What are the job opportunities for Carpenters?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
11.7%
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